Houston Nutt

Houston Nutt - Arkansas Football Coach

Houston Nutt is a well-known Southern personality and sports coach. He has been a successful college coach for more than 15 years and has won 75 games over that time. He coached the Arkansas Razorbacks for 10 seasons and won 7 bowl games during that time. Houston Nutt

His tenure at the University of Arkansas ended Monday with his announcement that he was leaving the program. He leaves with an overall record of 75-48, a.634 winning percentage, and three SEC Western Division titles.

He has a long history of winning and has been rewarded with numerous awards over the years including National Coach of the Year in 1998, The Football News Division 1-A Coach of the Year in 2001, and 2006. He has also been voted SEC Coach of the Year on two occasions and is a member of the Southeastern Conference Hall of Fame.

The former Oklahoma State and Arkansas quarterback, who became a head coach at Murray State in 1993, led the Racers to Ohio Valley Conference championships in 1995 and 1996. His teams averaged more than seven wins per season and he is currently the only Arkansas head coach to lead the school to multiple bowl games.

Before becoming the head coach at Arkansas, Nutt had a number of assistant coaching positions with several schools. His first stint as an assistant at Arkansas was under coach Jack Crowe and he quickly established himself as a good recruiter.

After a brief stint as the head coach at Boise State, Nutt returned to Arkansas as an assistant under Frank Broyles in 1997. He led the Razorbacks to a 9-3 record in his first year and shared the SEC West title with Mississippi State.

In the following three years, Nutt was promoted to offensive coordinator and he worked with Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders, as well as Buffalo Bills legend Thurman Thomas. He has a long history of working with running backs, and he also coached the wide receivers and quarterbacks at Oklahoma State.

He has also been a successful coach in the college basketball arena with his Razorbacks winning five SEC regular-season championships and two SEC Tournament titles. He is the only Arkansas coach to win an NCAA tournament game and his team has won more than 20 games in four of his nine seasons as the head coach.

One of his major concerns is the aging of his players, particularly in the secondary. He has made it a point to recruit new players, many of whom are younger than his current seniors.

His coaching style is aggressive and hard-hitting, he focuses on the run, and he is a big believer in playing fast. He has won the respect of his players, who trust him and have a high level of confidence in him.

The Razorbacks have lost back-to-back games to LSU, but they are still 8-4 and have a chance to win the SEC Western Division for the third straight year with a victory over Alabama in the Music City Bowl today. In his career, he has won seven bowl games and has an eighth in the works.